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High-Protein Cottage Cheese Pizza Recipe Is Full of Savory Goodness and Requires No Kneading

Our repertoire of cottage cheese recipes is ever-growing, and we’ve added a new one to the list: cottage cheese pizza. This dairy staple works wonders for creating a crispy, protein-rich pizza crust — all without rising or kneading dough. You can top the crust with sauce and other ingredients to whip a delicious homemade pizza in under an hour. Chefs on TikTok are also raving over this pizza as a whole pie can contain 50 grams of protein! Read on to learn how to make this dish the next time your pizza cravings strike.

How cottage cheese makes a healthier pizza crust

A traditional yeast dough crust creates a fluffy and delicious pizza. However, it could also lead to excess carb and calorie intake. The easy fix: Use cottage cheese to make a lightened up yet crispy crust. One cup of this dairy contains about 216 calories, 26 grams of protein and 6 grams of carbs. When eaten as part of a balanced diet, this cheese may aid heart health, weight loss and lower chronic disease risk. In addition to its low-carb, high-protein benefits, a crust made cottage cheese is easy to whip up.

The key to a crispy and golden brown pizza

Many cottage cheese pizza recipes simply use the dairy and any seasonings to make the crust. No flour, yeast or water. To ensure the crust bakes nicely, spread an even layer of cheese onto a parchment-lined sheet tray. Then, bake the cheese until it’s beginning to brown before adding the sauce and toppings. This step allows the cheese to form into a solid crust, so it does not become soggy from the ingredients on top. Once the pizza is bubbling and golden brown, it’s ready to cool and enjoy.

How to make cottage cheese pizza

TikToker @LainieCooks shares a simple Cottage Cheese Pizza recipe that she says “definitely satisfies any pizza craving!” A trio of cheeses (cottage, mozzarella and Parmesan) gives this pie a crispy yet gooey texture, which complements the hearty marinara sauce. The cheeses also provide the pizza with 50 grams of protein. For extra flavor, she suggests topping the pizza with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and fresh basil leaves once it’s out of the oven. (Click through for more cottage cheese recipes, which include chocolate pudding and homemade bread!)

Cottage Cheese Pizza

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan
  • 2 to 3 Tbs. marinara sauce
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. Italian seasoning
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:

  • Yield: 1 pizza (1 to 2 servings)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place cottage cheese in center of baking sheet. Spread out in even layer into shape of round pizza. Sprinkle Parmesan on top to evenly cover top of crust before adding Italian seasoning and garlic powder.
  3. Bake 40 minutes or until edges turn golden brown. (Note: Be sure to cook the crust long enough so all of the moisture is removed.)
  4. Take crust out of oven; add cheese and sauce. Continue baking 5 to 10 minutes or until the cheese is nice and bubbly. Cool slightly on baking sheet. Slice and enjoy!

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